Homeowners Dealing with Frozen Busted Pipes

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RICHMOND (WRIC) – The cold
temperatures have caused some major problems for homeowners who have been left to
deal with pipes that have busted after freezing.

David Turner with RJ
Tilley Plumbing & Heating has been busy over the past few days. He's responded
to numerous calls of busted pipes. And as temperatures climb back up, they
expect to be even busier.

“A lot of times they'll
freeze and not even bust and until it thaws out, you don't really know what kind
of damage it may have done,” he says.

When water flowing through
pipes freezes, the ice expands and has nowhere to go

“Whether it be a plastic
pipe or a copper pipe, eventually it's going to give at some point.”

Turner says to protect the
pipes from the wind by insulating them or shutting water off if they aren't
being used is the best way to keep this from happening.

“If you can keep that wind
off it, you can usually keep it warm.”

Mackenzie Weiss spent her Tuesday
night cleaning up water after a pipe in her shower busted open.

“All of a sudden I heard
some banging and then shhhhhhhh. And I was like that can't be normal,” she
says. “Turns out there's a fake wall behind it and it wasn't insulated
correctly and the pipe froze and blew here and was just spraying water all
over.”

“Going to the
garage….and showing you last night… the damage was just here… and the
water was just leaking all out of the light fixture there and when I came home
today, I realized it had really gone down all the way the entire length of the
room.”

Weiss says now she has to
figure out just how much damage all that water caused.

 

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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